• The C&O Canal a few miles above Great Falls VA
  • “The Georgetown” canal boat at Georgetown. Mile 0 of the C&O Canal
  • Crossing the Youghiogheny at Ohiopyle on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Great Falls of the Potomac
  • Keystone viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Mount Vernon home of George Washington
  • Dyke Marsh on the Mount Vernon Trail
  • View of the Potomac from Mount Vernon
  • Volunteers muscle a stepping stone into place on the PHT
  • Volunteers install a gravel tread on the PHT
  • Volunteers getting ready for action!
  • The C&O Canal a few miles below Great Falls VA
  • View of Harpers Ferry WVA from the C&O Canal
  • The Wide Water section of the C&O canal
  • The Paw Paw tunnel on the C&O Canal
  • A nice view of some wind mills on the GAP
  • A very picturesque spot on the GAP

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Mark Twain

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On July 23, 2016, Eagle Scout Tanner Lofgran and his crew of 17 refurbished a badly-overgrown and wet section of the Sugarland Run Trail. They had to deal with 90+ temperatures and angry yellow-jackets (one volunteer was stung 6 times and had to be evacuated--but he is OK). Tanner designed the drier route and coordinated a team effort to lift a huge log up from the stream bed to anchor a section of trail . Here are some photos of Tanner's team at work! ...
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On June 18, 2016, Jack Whitehead completed his Eagle Project to improve the PHNST at Bles Park. Jack improved 500 feet at the western end of the park. This hilly, rocky section was badly in need of widening and leveling of tread. Jack obtained permission from the nearby homeowners association to access the site--this made it much easier to bring tools and supplies.   A second Eagle project is in the works to improve the trail from Jack's area eastward toward the main part of Bles Park. Jack's project stops at the end of the Loudoun County Parkland. There is a sign there indicating where the park property ends. Below are photos from Jack's team as they did their work.  ...
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Join "Walk On" Ray Smith for a Grand Loop hike of the Potomac Heritage Trail and Cross County Trail Sat. May 28  8:30am  Potomac Heritage Trail Rosslyn to Great Falls  Sun. May 29 8:30am  Entire Cross-County Trail (41 miles) "Hua's Hike" Mon. May 30 8:30am  Mt Vernon Trail (Grist Mill Park to Rosslyn)  ...
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Join "Walk on" Ray Smith to hike a proposed PHNST segment in McLean. Echoing the original Cross County Hikes, the events are intended to suggest scenic and historically-significant ways to fill gaps in the better known PHNST trail areas. Highlights include a rarely-visited section of Great Falls National Park along the original (pre-1764) route of Georgetown Pike, and other trail segments not previously hiked. You have the option to hike 4 or 7 miles.            7-miles: Park at Colvin Run Mill parking lot, 10017 Colvin Run Road, Great Falls, VA 22066 (38°58'11"N, 77°17'37"W):  Take free NPS shuttle bus departing at 8:15am for the hike's starting point, Spring Hill Recreation Center (SHRC).           4-miles: Park at Difficult Run Park Trailhead, 8801 Georgetown Pike, McLean,...
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Join “Walk On” Ray Smith June 4 on a highly scenic 7- or 10-mile hike through areas not normally open to the public (see photos). Echoing the original Cross County Hikes, the event is intended to suggest scenic and historically-significant ways to fill gaps in the better known PHNST trail areas. Both options include the remote Accotink Bay Wildlife Refuge. The 10-miler also includes (1) historic Arcadia Farms, (2) a mix of wooded and built-up areas on the Base, and (3) researcher/author Greg Wilson who will provide glimpses into the area’s rich history that he has documented extensively (www.civilWarQuakerScout.com). Park at Lorton VRE Parking Lot (southeast corner, nearest Lorton Town Center) 9000 Lorton Station Blvd--the hike finish point. Ride a free...
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